Monday, February 2nd, 2015
GRAPHISOFT North America has announced that ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 is now available. Users of ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 will find a full-fledged BIM solution including critical features that are necessary at smaller firms, home builders and building contractors. The feature set in ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015 allows for the creation of any type of Virtual BuildingTM model and architectural documentation (floor plans, sections/elevations, 3D views, details).
Small firms get big software at a low price point.
Enhanced Mark-Up Features, ArchiCAD Start Edition
GRAPHISOFT built on the huge value of the previous edition of STAR(T) which already contained the powerful MORPH and Shell tools. Running on the powerful ArchiCAD 18 engine, STAR(T) Edition 2015 elevates that value once again. It is all that is needed to create a BIM that is data-rich and able to produce all floor plans, sections/elevations, 3D views and details for a project. Advanced modeling tools such as the Shell tool, MORPH and priority-based connections are also included within STAR(T) 2015. Serving as a base for the latest ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2015, ArchiCAD 18’s robust, well-tested engine satisfies the needs of a smaller practice. Therefore, ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition has most of the feature set, content and benefits of ArchiCAD 18.
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
At last week’s press preview of the National Building Museum’s exhibition “Hot to Cold: an Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation” by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Bjarke Ingels speak in some detail about his firm’s process, their vision and method of creating buildings in various parts of the globe. The virtual journey across the planet is smartly achieved in 800 feet of 60 three-dimensional models of projects that move from the world’s warmest climates to those that face some of Earth’s coldest temperatures. Helpful color codes that span the rainbow tell the viewer in which climate type the building resides.
The exhibition marks the firm’s return to the museum. No surprise they’d be asked back, since in two months their Maze exhibit last year attracted more than 50,000 visitors and the firm is currently working on a redesign of the Smithsonian’s campus. The Maze display engulfed the museum’s atrium. This time, for Hot to Cold, the exhibit takes visitors above the great hall and around the second floor, but there is no need to retreat from the expanse of the hall into a classroom or separate viewing space. The models have been cleverly suspended from the museum’s third floor to rest in line with the second floor’s railings and sit nestled in between the massive columns that surround the atrium. One can take in the model without feeling the least bit confined and get a sense of how the project would sit in its particular location.
This was the first time I had heard Ingels speak live. He’s been featured on several TED talks that have made the rounds online. He shared his thoughts on architecture with a passion and energy that is engaging. After making his opening remarks which included admitting an addiction to the show “Homeland” that he blames in part for his current love affair with Washington, DC – the group of press gathered for the preview of the exhibition wordlessly begged him for more. He graciously complied and got back on the podium to answer some questions and did not disappoint with the level of thought and attention given to each question.
Monday, January 19th, 2015
GRAPHISOFT is a proud co-sponsor of an upcoming event at the National Building Museum. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – will display 20 featured projects, offering a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. Beginning January 24th and running through August 30th, 2015 the installation highlights 20 different projects designed by BIG from around the world, exploring how the cultural and climatic contexts of each location shaped their design solutions. The array of signature designs provides a glimpse into how the firm works with intense creativity and innovation while developing concepts for new buildings.
Friday, January 16th, 2015
ArchiCAD 16 powered the design of the Shadetree Apartment complex located in the heart of South Carolina’s Johns Island. Morelli Clinard Residential Designs (MCRD) managed the design of the complex, made up of more than 136 units of one, two and three bedroom apartments by taking full advantage of the module feature in ArchiCAD.
“With a project of this size, updating one wall throughout the entire building can be tedious and time-consuming. By maximizing our productivity with ArchiCAD, we save time and of course, money for our client.”
The project is currently under construction with a summer 2015 completion date. The firm has experience designing and managing multi-unit residences through the module feature in ArchiCAD. On a recent town home project in Charlotte, NC the team worked on a 107 unit complex that involved eight different designs within the building. Once again being able to update a large project with single edits proved valuable.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
GRAPHISOFT will be exhibiting at the 2015 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV on January 20-22nd at booth S2149. Touted as THE building industry’s biggest event, the 2015 IBS promises to be a can’t-miss event.
During the NAHB IBS, GRAPHISOFT will showcase the latest version of its premium BIM software. ArchiCAD® 18, highlighting its new solutions and key customer-focused initiatives built in. The software supports a collaborative environment using the same BIM data. Seeing a live demo of ArchiCAD 18 will give you a chance to witness the software supporting the creative flow through modeling and documentation of buildings.
ArchiCAD 18 assists home builders in their day-to-day by supporting data exchange. ArchiCAD 18 tracks and automatically documents changes to the building model. And with a brand new Revision Management solution integrated into the entire BIM workflow, the software works within 2D, 3D or any kind of hybrid workflows. The software also works well with PDF data-exchange, in recognition of its becoming a worldwide drawing standard. By introducing BIM-related intelligence and data hierarchies into PDF files, ArchiCAD 18 offers PDF-based smooth workflows for a wide range of stakeholders in the AEC process.
Don’t miss out on this unique and information-rich event, click here to register for a free exhibit hall pass.
We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
The dates are set for the Interior Design Show in Canada. Now in its 17th year, the show brings together some of the leading brands, innovative speakers and promising local talent to spotlight trends and share ideas and inspire new designs. Beginning January 22nd and running through January 25th, the show promises an experience that will charge your creative energy.
BIM: More than a Buzzword Presentation – Earn .1 CEU
GRAPHISOFT is sponsoring the CEU tradeday sessions during the IDS show as well as making a presentation entitled BIM: More than a Buzzword. Led by GRAPHISOFT North America Product Manager, Yanni Alexakis, the session will introduce Building Information Modeling or BIM and help attendees understand that it is more than a catch phrase, and more than a piece of code. BIM goes beyond a new iteration of CAD. It’s a new way of working that makes it easier for interior designers to do their job and to coordinate with other professionals involved in a building project, too.
In this presentation, you’ll see BIM used in a real-world interior design application. You’ll understand the benefits of BIM first-hand—and learn how BIM is positioning today’s leading interior designers to be more competitive, productive and profitable. You’ll discover that BIM is an affordable, effective and efficient tool for communicating ideas, analyzing and evaluating space, and helping to forecast the performance of a finished building.
At the end of the session, attendees will earn .1 CEU and know how to:
- Create custom objects using the Morph Tool
- Easily share files on mobile devices, with clients
- Create photorealistic renderings directly from the model
- Navigate with in the model in 3D view to quickly evaluate design decisions.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Two Days. 20 Speakers. Up to 10 AIA CEU Credits.
The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 North America User Conference
The wait is over. Two years ago, GRAPHISOFT held the first-ever North America User Conference. Once again, GRAPHISOFT is bringing together top-notch professionals, industry experts and trend-setters who use ArchiCAD every day across North America. The 2015 North America User Conference will provide the opportunity to engage in informative and useful discussions that will improve day-to-day use of ArchiCAD.
Registration includes your education sessions, reception and party events and meals. For a limited time, save $100 per person by taking advantage of early bird pricing. The early bird registration period ends December 15th.
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The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 User Conference features a full line up of informative and useful courses to help you, the ArchiCAD get more out of ArchiCAD on a daily basis.
We have set up the 2015 Conference to make it easy and fun for the ArchiCAD user community to get together and share the wealth of its collective experience. Power users, industry experts and architects from who rely on ArchiCAD to be efficient, innovative and profitable will learn with and from one another in a relaxed and engaging environment.
Scheduled for March 11th through 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada for ArchiCAD users based in North America, the conference presents a unique opportunity to build on ArchiCAD knowledge, earn AIA CES credit, relax with peers and meet members of the global GRAPHISOFT team.
Useful Information – Guaranteed!
We asked and you told us. After our inaugural BIM Conference back in 2013, every single attendee who responded to the survey – 100% of them – told us that the conference provided practical, applicable information to help grow their business. The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2015 User Conference promises the same results by offering a wide range of education sessions that can help ArchiCAD users expand and deepen their ArchiCAD knowledge.
Attendees will spend their time wisely, earning up to 10 AIA CEUs at the conference. We have set up courses that focus on what you need to know in order to make your business thrive. The line up is extremely comprehensive, offering in-depth examination of new features as well as sharing tips and tricks for streamlining and enhancing your workflow.
Fun AND Informative – (After All, it IS in Las Vegas)
After all the hard work and learning happens for the day, we will make sure you have time to relax and unwind. Our team is putting the final touches on our entertainment agenda and you will not be disappointed. There’s even a way for you to include a spouse or family member on your trip.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
GRAPHISOFT recently announced that one of the largest architecture, engineering and construction firms in Japan, Takenaka Corporation has equipped thousands of its field technicians with BIMx Docs. Takenaka is taking BIM data into the field, onto the construction site in a streamlined and paperless manner.
Dubbed, “Takenaka Smart Work”, the move is intended to improve productivity and communications. Since BIMx and BIMx Docs brings the ArchiCAD to the field, the workflow on site is simplified and managed through the use of iPads and mobile devices.
The adoption of BIMx by an established firm, such as Takenaka is indication of a few very important aspects of the award-winning BIM project presentation app. This widespread use of the app goes beyond saving a couple hundred dollars on document sets or giving your client a way to wow friends and family at a cocktail party by showing off their new home’s design. There is a smart, cost-effective way to ensure on-site construction quality and management efficiency. Its name is BIMx.
This is why BIMx and BIMx Docs was created. We have seen, in North America, firms and sole proprietors adopt BIMx and BIMx Docs into their workflows. The sky is the limit as far as the application is concerned – and we hope that the announcement from GRAPHISOFT and Takenaka inspires more firms to adopt the sleek, efficient and nimble process in a similar fashion.
Where are BIMx and BIMx Docs working in North America? Here, here, here, here, here and here just to name a few.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
ArchiCAD 18 – BIM Product of the Year & Product of the Year, Runner Up
Exciting news for GRAPHISOFT from the Construction Computing Awards – our BIM software, ArchiCAD 18, has won BIM Product of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. For four years running, ArchiCAD has dominated the BIM Product of the Year category, surpassing competitors Autodesk Revit (2014) Autodesk BIM360 Glue (2013) Nemetschek Vectorworks (2012) and Autodesk Revit Architecture (2011).
ArchiCAD 18 is a BIM solution that features smooth integration of rendering that never interrupts the design workflow. No need to buy, install or learn any new software. There are “point and click” type settings as well as advanced. Powered by Cinema 4D – MAXON’s world-class engine guarantees high quality, photorealistic presentation-ready images with the best architectural workflow.
“It’s great to see votes from users and readers deliver GRAPHISOFT a strong showing not only for ArchiCAD and BIMx, but also for the outstanding work of our partners and customers,” said Akos Pfemeter, Vice President of Marketing, GRAPHISOFT.
The Construction Computing Awards; affectionately known as “The Hammers”, showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. For 9 years now, the Construction Computing Awards event has become a place where members of the industry gather to network and exchange ideas while having fun.
Along with the highly prized product awards won by GRAPHISOFT, ArchiCAD architect LSI Architects was honored with Collaboration Project of the Year. UK Partner GRAPHISOFT Connect was runner up for Channel Partner of the Year.
Mobile Technology of the Year, Runner Up – BIMx
GRAPHISOFT was also recognized with an award for Mobile Technology of the Year. This is the second year in a row BIMx has been recognized with a Hammer award for Mobile Technology.
BIMx, has been in use since 2011 and it has been recognized as a revolutionary, game-changing app. As a presentation tool, it is unmatched in its ability to help architects communicate design intent and provide understanding to clients – even those with limited experience or exposure to architectural concepts.
GRAPHISOFT expanded the capabilities of BIMx – with BIMx Docs to high acclaim and the app has helped ArchiCAD users see its benefits on the job site. BIMx Docs offers lightning fast navigation within and across large layout books. Even if you are only working with 2D drawings, BIMx Docs offers unbeatable performance based on Map app technology.
Monday, November 17th, 2014
A picturesque piece of land nestled in the town of Mendham, New Jersey stretched for seven acres. Architect Andrew Passacantando, AIA was tasked with renovating the existing property to meet the needs of his client. When the project first began, Passacantando says he investigated renovating the existing house, but after a walk-through of the property, decided it would be best to start over.
After the home was torn down, he used ArchiCAD to create a different configuration for the home, making the building much taller. The home features double-walled construction as well as other energy efficient design aspects such as geo-thermal wells, low voltage lighting and Marvin windows. It became a much larger home, but one that uses little energy. Passacantando says he relied heavily on ArchiCAD software as a design tool to create the initial concept for the home.
“When we started out – at first glance, we had a simple renovation on our hands. It soon transitioned into a rather complicated project. I was again reminded of how valuable BIM is to me as an architect, and I stress this to anyone considering making the transition to using BIM. By the time we were actually building the home, we were building it for the second time, and as a result, this house went up without a single hiccup.”